Transformations in social-ecological systems influence and are influenced by our ways of seeing and being in the world. Drawing from traditions of participatory action research, whole system approaches, arts and humanities, Diego is studying how knowledge processes can be co-designed and co-created to support transformations in the context of climate change and poverty alleviation.
Diego is a part of the cluster Adaptive Governance in Ekoklim program; a transdisciplinary research program at Stockholm University that addresses issues concerning climate effects on biodiversity, ecosystem services and their management and governance.
Exploring cases in coastal Kenya, northern Mozambique in collaboration with the project SPACES, Diego is exploring the role of stories and narratives in processes of transformative learning. In the Iberian Peninsula, through EU-project Impressions Diego is exploring how artistic practices, like theater, film, and immersive environments, may contribute to the development of shared visions and support the development of integrated solutions in the context of high-end climate change.
Diego received a MSc in Environmental Science at the University of Bologna and a MSc on Environment, Globalisation and Governance at Stockholm Resilience Centre. Alongside his research on global environmental change, over the past 10 years Diego has worked within the fields of film and theater in Italy and Sweden.
Research news | 2018-05-14
To create change in coastal districts of Kenya and Mozambique, dominant narratives must be challenged by stories rooted in people’s lived experiences
Research news | 2018-02-19
New study shows how the arts contribute to knowledge-creation and transformations around climate change
General news | 2017-10-02
Exhibition in Spain presents work from a 3-year long collaboration between artists and scientists
Research news | 2017-02-06
Scientists, communities and actors connected to the Mombasa fisheries system join forces to support the most vulnerable in a rapidly changing environment
2018 - Journal / article
Transformations in social-ecological systems to overturn poverty and ecosystem degradation require approaches to knowledge synthesis that are inclusive and open to creative innovation. We draw on interviews with participants and in-depth process observation of an iterative knowledge cocreation process in Kenya and Mozambique that brought together scientists, community representatives, government representatives, and practitio...
2018 - Journal / article
The search for decisive actions to remain below 1.5 °C of global temperature rise will require profound cultural transformations. Yet our knowledge of how to promote and bring about such deep transformative changes in the minds and behaviours of individuals and societies is still limited. As climate change unravels and the planet becomes increasingly connected, societies will need to articulate a shared purpose that is both en...
2017 - Journal / article
Trade-offs are manifestations of the complex dynamics in interdependent social-ecological systems. Addressing trade-offs involves challenges of perception due to the dynamics of interdependence. We outline the challenges associated with addressing trade-offs and analyze knowledge coproduction as a practice that may contribute to tackling trade-offs in social-ecological systems. We discuss this through a case study in coastal ...
2016 - Journal / article
Norway is committed to the two-fold policy objective of preserving biodiversity and maintaining traditional local livelihoods. This creates management dilemmas with the potential to undermine the legitimacy of both national and international policies. In this article, we take a social-ecological perspective to highlight how these two policy objectives are linked and interdependent and, therefore, subjected to complex dynamics ...